The Bureau of Land Management recently hired Stephanie Connolly as the Southwest District manager, and the public is invited to network with her during open houses in Durango, Dolores, Grand Junction and Montrose.
"I'm excited to be here and look forward to getting to know our partners and community members while exploring this incredible landscape," said Connolly.
Prior to her arrival, Connolly served as a district manager with BLM in Wyoming for over nine years. Her experience also includes positions in Idaho, Nevada and Utah. She also served in temporary BLM assignments as the Wyoming associate state director, acting deputy assistant director and senior advisor to the BLM director.
The closest opportunity to meet Connolly is at the Montrose Public Lands Center, 2465 S. Townsend, on Thursday, July 19, from 8 to 10 a.m.
The BLM Southwest Colorado District encompasses 2.7 million surface acres in the Grand Junction, Tres Rios and Uncompahgre field offices, and includes 7.3 million acres of public mineral estate.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.